Brewed by Harviestoun
Style: Old Ale
Alva, Central, Scotland


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RATINGS: 967   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Ola Dubh (or Black Oil) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestouns award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer afficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
barncatmatt (2281) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
330 ml bottle fromt he LCBO. pours black with a tan head. salty barrel aroma with deep black malt layers. the flavour has everything you could ever ask for in a big black beer + smokey scotch + woody barrel. this is stupid easy to drink @ 8% abv. what an amazing brew, i cant wait to try the 40.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 330mL bottle from the Lickboe, acquired partly by luck, partly by my secretive beer hunting skills. Pours a deep dark brown with a medium khaki head. The aroma has some nice sharp yet still somehow subtle aspects of wisky, toffee, chocolate malt, dry chalk, coffee roast, smells pretty good. Flavour hits right away, huge sweet dark chocolate malt upfront with some nice woody dryness balancing it out. Very minor hint of scotch, and some chalk. Some interesting esters hiding in there too, oddly reminiscent of banana bread. Awesome fuller body from the oats. Surprisingly drinkable. More or less a stout though I guess its in a grey area. Awesome brew that Im glad to have had the opportunity to try (though it would be really nice if the LCBOs in a certain large city could quit hording all of this and the 40).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2009
330 mL bottle. (bottled July 2009). Pours as black as can be with a small and rapidly dissipating brown head. Aroma is sweet, with vanilla, oak, maraschino cherries and roast. Flavour is smoke and roast up front, with chocolate and espresso in the end. A touch of alcohol. Almost gritty mouthfeel. An excellent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
strowlands8 (190) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2009
Aroma is of alcohol and roasted malt. Appearance is dark brown with a small off-white head. Taste is lots of wood, slight vanilla, roasted malts and some alcohol. Palate is a little thin with not much body. Overall not bad, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3560) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2009
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a dark black with small brown head. Aroma of roast, whiskey, oak and toffee. Flavour has strong whiskey character with roast and dark chocolate notes also very apparent as well as some toffee and oak. Nice big body and very smooth mouthfeel, with light carbonation. Unique and pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5046) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2009
0.33 l bottle from Alko. Sweet aroma with obvious whisky and oak with hints of coffee and licorice. Roasty and whiskeyish flavor with peat, licorice and charcoal. OK, A bit too oaky and peaty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours a black color with small brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is quite rich and inviting; burnt almonds, toffee, whisky, wood and roasted notes of dark chocolate. Theres also traces of vanilla. Flavour is sweet and toffee-ish. Theres lot of burnt almonds, chocolate, wood and whisky. A very light smokiness in the aftertaste. Medium to fullbodied. The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is soft. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
Bottle at home. Black - brown head. Chocolate, smokey, whiskey, high malty, very smooth, high malty, oakey, wood, low carbonation, tar, tarmac, light burned. Very nice and drinkable.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1518) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 (br-btl bk/wh-lbl, Special 12 Reserve, bottles from sept 2007, drank may 2009 and sept 2011, $9, 80/oz)

opq-bk, no-head, viscous, thick but crisp dry body,

aroma: ^chclt-malt silage dark-fruit grain warm-alchl smoked-ham faint-soy-sauce.

T1: chrd-chclt-malt alchl-wrm astrngt soy-sauce.
T2: ^balanced(leafy-hops & roasty-malt) lcrc lactose goat-cheese mushroom.
T3: astrngt-bttr herbal-hop.
Tf: chclty.

hops and malts are so well balanced and complementary in T2 that they are almost indiscernible from each other - not sure if i like that. Has changed quite a lot with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ekstedt (6577) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2009
Bottle (33 cl) from Systembolaget. Restrained roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate and salmiak, with faint notes of whiskey and wood. Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit lifeless. Well balanced with a dry finish. Quite boring.

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